「主人公の実家にお邪魔してしまった…」 (Shujinkou no Jikka ni Ojama Shiteshimatta…)
“I Visited the Heroine’s Parents’ House…”
If there’s one constant you can bet on this season, it’s that Hamefura will be here to help us keep our sanity. With just under half the season down we’re now out of introductions and right into the romcom conflict phase—or would be if this were any other romance story. When it comes to the Bakarina you cannot be sure of anything, and with Maria now firmly (if unintentionally) in her grasp, the otome game shenanigans can begin in earnest.
As many probably could’ve guessed with Maria’s plot co-opting last week, our blonde heroine isn’t going to be the immediate downfall of Katarina. Thanks to some coincidental and hilariously ironic intervention, Katarina has not only avoided two key doom flags, but now also solidified her assumed rival as a part of the burgeoning Bakarina harem. And if you thought that harem was in name only, well, best reconsider those opinions. While true that Maria’s backstory and Katarina’s intrusion are a little streamlined and set up for the sake of bringing the two closer together—who knew farming and baking would be a match made in heaven—it’s still quite nice seeing how wholesome the whole event was; Maria’s circumstances were quite humble and realistic for the material, and Katarina never really went above and beyond what she already does for the sake of contingency. Also the hilarity of Keith willingly going along with the whole thing because you fully know no one is going to weasel in on his romance territory.
What’s Maria’s new conquest status does hint towards though is the future, because right now everything Katarina was expecting has been thoroughly defenestrated. With her having twisted bullying into Bakarina rabubrabu and entirely prevented her male counterparts from falling head over heels for that patisserie charm (Geordo for one certainly isn’t switching allegiances anytime soon), there’s precious little which could seemingly throw a wrench into the proceedings. For all intents and purposes Katarina has now won the game, so the question is what comes next. Will a new rival appear to assume the place Maria has vacated? Or will some personal circumstances—or the ubiquitous romance misunderstandings—come up to interfere with the slow and steady. Plenty of options to chew on as we await next week’s delicatessen, but one thing you can be sure about is that the Bakarina will not disappoint.
At least if mama dearest leaves her in one piece.
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